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rejuvenate

[ri-joo-vuh-neyt] /rɪˈdʒu vəˌneɪt/
verb (used with object), rejuvenated, rejuvenating.
1.
to make young again; restore to youthful vigor, appearance, etc.:
That vacation has certainly rejuvenated him.
2.
to restore to a former state; make fresh or new again:
to rejuvenate an old sofa.
3.
Physical Geography.
  1. to renew the activity, erosive power, etc., of (a stream) by uplift or by removal of a barrier in the stream bed.
  2. to impress again the characters of youthful topography on (a region) by the action of rejuvenated streams.
verb (used without object), rejuvenated, rejuvenating.
4.
to undergo rejuvenation; revive.
Origin of rejuvenate
1800-1810
1800-10; re- + Latin juven(is) young + -ate1
Related forms
rejuvenation, noun
rejuvenative, adjective
rejuvenator, noun
unrejuvenated, adjective
unrejuvenating, adjective
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  • In the cities are found most of the new business and professional class who are doing much to rejuvenate the South.

    The Southern South Albert Bushnell Hart
  • "It certainly would not rejuvenate her," said Henri, finishing the sentence.

    Zibeline, Complete Phillipe de Massa
  • By eliminating old, exhausted, diseased cells they rejuvenate the structure and prepare the way for new generations.

  • "They want to rejuvenate me," said McIlvaine, with a certain shy pleasure.

    McIlvaine's Star August Derleth
  • But prayer did not rejuvenate him, did not ennoble his feelings, or bring a single ray into his dull existence.

    A Family of Noblemen Mikhal Saltykov
British Dictionary definitions for rejuvenate

rejuvenate

/rɪˈdʒuːvɪˌneɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to give new youth, restored vitality, or youthful appearance to
2.
(usually passive) (geography)
  1. to cause (a river) to begin eroding more vigorously to a new lower base level, usually because of uplift of the land
  2. to cause (a land surface) to develop youthful features
Derived Forms
rejuvenation, noun
rejuvenator, noun
Word Origin
C19: from re- + Latin juvenis young
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Word Origin and History for rejuvenate
v.

1807, irregular formation from re- "again" + Latin juvenis (see young (adj.)) + -ate (2). Related: Rejuvenated; rejuvenating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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